Postdoc position in exoplanets

Current state: Review
Department: Department of Physics and Astronomy
City: Baton Rouge
State/Province: LA
Country: USA
Contact Person: Tabetha Boyajian
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Louisiana State University
Application Due Date: Sunday, November 05 2023
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Applicants are sought for a postdoctoral researcher position at Louisiana State University to work in the area of exoplanets/time-domain astronomy. The researcher will work within Professor Tabby Boyajian’s group on designing a science program for LUSTER (LUnar-based Survey for Time-domain Exoplanet Research).  LUSTER will use a small (~15-cm) imaging telescope attached to an upcoming lunar lander to provide near-continuous monitoring of transiting exoplanet host stars to perform transmission spectroscopy at near-UV wavelengths. 

Responsibilities: Generate the science requirements and flow-down, including a Science & Mission Traceability Matrix and other supporting analyses that enable the LUSTER (LUnar-based Survey for Time-domain Exoplanet Research) investigation; create a scientific target list and an observing plan according to potential mission launch dates and durations that are available in the launch timeframe;provide estimates of the data volume for determining in-space data processing, data storage and telemetry needs, and suitable data products; assist in the analysis of component test data, especially detector testing that will help define the data pipeline processing requirements and design (80%). The researcher will write up their work for publication in journals, present their work at conferences and collaboration meetings, and assist the preparation of proposals.  Additional duties include assisting in the supervision of graduate and undergraduate students (20%).

Planetary Astronomer/Computer Scientist

Department: Space Science Division
City: San Antonio
State/Province: TX
Country: USA
Contact Person: Kurt Retherford
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Southwest Research Institute
Application Due Date: Wednesday, February 01 2023
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Come help our team complete tasks on several planetary mission and/or space telescope spectroscopy programs. We intend to expand our team expertise in scientific computing, programming, and data analysis capabilities. The applicant will participate in NASA funded planetary research and analysis projects and/or observing programs; projects include Europa Clipper, JUICE, Juno, LRO, New Horizons, Cassini, HST, JWST, laboratory Raman/far-UV/mid-IR ices, and ground-based observations. See Job ID 15-01679.

Tenure-Track Planetary Science Faculty Position at Hampton University

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
City: Hampton
State/Province: Virginia
Country: United States
Contact Person: Robert Loughman
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Hampton University
Application Due Date: Monday, May 15 2023
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Hampton University Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Science Faculty Position



The Hampton University (HU) Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (APS) invites nominations and applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Planetary Science, at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin August 2023.

Founded in 1868, Hampton University is a leading historically black university (HBCU) located on the Virginia Peninsula in the City of Hampton. It is a privately endowed, co-educational, nonsectarian institution. HU established the Center for Atmospheric Science (CAS) in 1996, which led to creation of the Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences in 2007.  APS offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the fields of Atmospheric Science and Planetary Science. This program has established a reputation of excellence in education, outreach and research, with particular emphasis on satellite applications for atmospheric studies.

Duties and Responsibilities


The successful candidate will continue and advance the groundbreaking work of CAS and APS. This work includes building a portfolio of externally funded, high-profile research in the field of atmospheric science and recruiting, supporting, and advising masters and doctoral students. The successful candidates will also teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Objectives of the APS department include continuation of research excellence at HU in atmospheric and planetary science, expanded capacity for research, and growth in enrollment in the graduate program.


A Ph.D. in Planetary Science or a related field is required.  The successful applicant will sustain existing programs and enable future strategic growth of the department in the following area:

Satellite-based remote sensing of planetary atmospheres and/or surfaces (including Earth), with demonstrated capability and commitment to developing new satellite instruments, planetary missions, and data analysis techniques.

Salary will be commensurate with experience, qualifications, and accomplishments in the field.   


How to Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a Hampton University Application for Employment for faculty, a letter outlining the candidate’s commitment to teaching, professional and scholarly work; a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation on company letterhead. Applications may be submitted electronically to [email protected] (with “APS faculty search” in the subject line), or mailed to:

Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Search Committee

Attn: Dr. Robert Loughman

Center for Atmospheric Sciences

154 William R. Harvey Way

Hampton University

Hampton VA 23668.  

Application Deadline: 

Monday, May 15, 2023

Selection Deadline: 

Friday, June 30, 2023


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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Space Science
City: San Antonio
State/Province: Texas
Country: USA
Institution: Southwest Research Institute
Application Due Date: Saturday, April 01 2023
Web Link:
Who We Are:

A recognized leader in space science research and spacecraft instrumentation, avionics, and electronics, we are helping to reveal the secrets of our solar system and the universe.

Objectives of this Role:
  • Lead novel modeling research while contributing to various ongoing research projects in collaboration with other members of the In Situ Techniques Group.
  • Develop new geochemical and cosmochemical models as foundational science in support of current or future mission work, including Ocean Worlds and origins science.
  • Collaborate with remote sensing and lab studies groups and with the Space Science Division in general on mission activities, observation campaigns, laboratory science, and flight mission/instrumentation/technology development and advancement projects.
  • Disseminate results through active publication in peer-reviewed journals and participation at scientific meetings/conferences.
  • Actively seek funding by contributing to proposal development in the In Situ Techniques Group and elsewhere in the Space Science Division.
Daily and Monthly Responsibilities:
  • Lead/execute model development using robust analysis methods in consultation with senior project team members to derive important insights into conditions and processes in extraterrestrial environments relevant to planetary missions.
  • Work closely with a team of scientists, engineers, and graduate students while executing fundamental and or applied research on ongoing projects.
  • Attend team meetings to inform the group of progress and results through presentations.
  • Develop science or technical requirements for future hardware development projects.
  • Requires a PhD with a 3.00 GPA in Planetary Science, Astronomy, Geological Sciences, Physics, Applied or Engineering Physics, Chemistry, or related fields.
  • 0 years: Acadmeic demonstration of independent research is required
  • Must show potential to develop an independent research program
  • Experience in geochemical or cosmochemical modeling and interpretation, as well as application of mass spectrometry data are beneficial
Special Requirements:

This is a 1 year limited term assignment with possible extension.

Job Locations: San Antonio, Texas

For more information about this division, visit the Space Science & Engineering home page.

For benefits information at our San Antonio location, click here.
For benefits information at all other locations, click here.

An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
Race/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disabled/Veteran
Committed to Diversity in the Workplace

ESA Research Fellowships in Space Science

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Science Directorate
City: Madrid
Country: Spain
Contact Person: Yannis Zouganelis
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: European Space Agency (ESA)
Application Due Date: Monday, September 19 2022
Web Link:

We are pleased to announce the 2022 Call for Applications for the European Space Agency’s Research Fellowships in Space Science. The call is opening on 22 August 2022 with an application deadline on 19 September 2022.


ESA’s postdoctoral Research Fellowship programme offers early-career scientists and engineers the possibility to carry out research in a variety of disciplines related to space science, space applications or space technology. Research Fellowships in Space Science & Exploration specifically offer the opportunity to contribute to ESA’s endeavour to explore our Solar System and the Universe, and cover the fields of human and robotic exploration, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics and fundamental physics. 

The research fellowships offer unique insights into ESA’s environment and activities while conducting cutting-edge research. Mentoring and training opportunities are available, as are possibilities to engage with ESA science-related activities (e.g., archive/data science, operations, calibration, communication, citizen science). 

Within the Science Directorate (SCI), we welcome all independent proposals for innovative research associated with one or more of our missions. The Space Science fellowships can be taken up at any of the three sites ESAC, ESTEC or STScI and we encourage applicants to choose sites that allow for best local collaborations. To learn more about the research conducted by  the ESA scientists at different sites, please visit the Faculty Member Directory and the pages for the Faculty research groups. There is a separate page for research at the ESA Office at STScI (see also the research of non-ESA scientists at STScI). 


ESA Research Fellow contracts have a maximum duration of three years. Projects initially last two years and are frequently extended to a third year.


Research Fellowships in Space Science (SCI) can be located at any of the following institutes:

  • European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villafranca del Castillo near Madrid, Spain
  • European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands
  • ESA office at Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, USA


Who can apply

Applicants should have recently completed or be close to completing their PhD in a technical or scientific discipline. Preference will be given to candidates with up to five years of relevant experience after their PhD.

Applications can only be considered from national of one of the 22 ESA Member States. Nationals of Slovenia, Latvia and Lithuania as Associate Members, or Canada as a Cooperating State, can apply as well as those from Bulgaria, Cyprus and Slovakia as European Cooperating States (ECS).

More information on the Research Fellowship programme and on how to apply can be found at 


What we offer 

A stimulating and inspiring working environment is just one of the benefits of working at ESA. Other advantages include competitive salaries, flexible working arrangements, and comprehensive health coverage. More information about the terms and conditions of ESA Research Fellowships can be found on our careers website.

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. For this purpose, we welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability, or other characteristics. Applications from female scientists are encouraged.


Deadline for applications is 19 September 2022.

Postdoctoral Position in Planetary Astronomy

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences
City: Pasadena
State/Province: CA
Country: USA
Contact Person: Katherine de Kleer
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Caltech
Application Due Date: Friday, May 20 2022
Web Link:

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in planetary astronomy within Caltech’s Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences. The successful applicant will collaborate with the de Kleer research group on the interpretation of thermal data of icy moons and small bodies from ALMA, the VLA, and JWST. The work will involve reduction and analysis of thermal data, as well as collaboration on the development of (sub)surface models which will be used to characterize (sub)surface processes on these worlds. The project requires training in mathematics and physics as well as strong scientific programming skills. Experience working with astronomical or spacecraft data is required, and experience with radio interferometry and/or mid-infrared spectroscopy is preferred. The successful candidate will have opportunities to mentor graduate and undergraduate students.

The start date is flexible, but will be no sooner than June 1, 2022. The initial duration of the position is one year, with renewal for up to two additional years. The position offers a competitive salary, benefits, and annual research budget, as well as access to Caltech’s extensive resources, including the Keck and Palomar Observatories and computational facilities.

Applicants for the position must have a PhD in planetary science, astronomy, astrophysics, physics, geology, or an equivalent field by the date of their appointment. Applicants must provide a CV including a complete list of publications; a 1-2 page statement describing their research interests and experience; and the names of three individuals who can provide letters of recommendation. Application materials should be sent to Jen Shechet ([email protected]) by May 20, 2022. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Professor Katherine de Kleer ([email protected]).

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Caltech is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. Click here to read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO).

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Planetary Science

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Physics Department
City: Annapolis
State/Province: MD
Country: USA
Contact Person: Matthew Knight
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: U.S. Naval Academy
Application Due Date: Tuesday, March 01 2022
Web Link:

Applications are invited for a position as a postdoctoral
Assistant Research Professor in planetary science at the U.S. Naval
Academy (USNA) Physics Department in support of Assistant Professor
Matthew Knight, to begin as early as Spring 2022. The successful
applicant will lead analyses of comets observed with heliophysics
assets and will assist in observational support and analyses of NASA’s
Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART). The position will involve
collaboration with colleagues at the Naval Research Laboratory,
University of Maryland, and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics
Laboratory, and may require travel to obtain new observations in Chile
and/or Flagstaff, AZ. The successful candidate will also be encouraged
to pursue research of their own choosing.

This is a federal excepted service position with a one-year initial
appointment and the possibility of renewing for an additional year.
For additional information on the position and how to apply, please

Applications will be reviewed beginning March 1, 2022 and the position
will remain open until filled.

Tenure track faculty position in the field of space science and engineering

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering
City: Ann Arbor
State/Province: MI
Country: USA
Contact Person: Professor Aaron Ridley
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: University of Michigan
Application Due Date: Wednesday, December 01 2021
Web Link:

The Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering (CLaSP) in the College of
Engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor together with the Space Physics Research Laboratory form a world-leading research environment known both for numerical modeling and space instrumentation development and use. The Department invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in the field of space science and engineering, targeting candidates with strong interest and expertise in upper atmosphere and/or plasma processes of the Sun-Earth space environment. We seek candidates interested in advanced numerical methodologies and models, the analysis of data from related space science instruments, or the development and operation of space instrumentation and missions focused on Heliophysics research. 

We are seeking candidates capable of developing an internationally recognized research program, successfully competing for external funding, mentoring doctoral students, participating in our educational mission and programs at both graduate and undergraduate levels, and positively contributing to the culture, diversity, and collaborative nature of the department, college, and university. We also welcome applications from candidates whose research addresses cross-disciplinary areas that complement our existing strengths in the development of space environment models and space instrumentation and missions.

Applications should include: (1) cover letter, (2) CV, (3) research statement, (4) teaching statement, (5) a statement describing activities, contributions, or plans related to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion, (6) and a list of four references with contact details.
For full consideration, applications should be received before December 1, 2021.

Candidates should click here to apply: Questions about the position or application process can be directed to the search committee chair Aaron Ridley ([email protected]). 

Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus, and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do. Information about our vision, mission and values can be found on the Strategic Vision website

The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering component of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair, and inclusive environment—can be found on the DEI website. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. The University is also responsive to the needs of dual-career couples. 

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty, and staff across all campuses. This includes those working or learning remotely. More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website.

Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowships

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Earth and Planets Laboratory
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: USA
Contact Person: Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications Committee
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Carnegie Institution of Washington
Application Due Date: Monday, November 01 2021
Web Link:

The Carnegie Institution for Science invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships at the Earth and Planets Laboratory in Washington D.C. Carnegie Science emphasizes interdisciplinary observational, experimental and theoretical research in fields including astronomy, cosmochemistry, data science, geodynamics, experimental petrology, geobiology, geochemistry, geophysics, mineral physics, planetary science and volcanology. Carnegie scientists conduct research in these and related fields in the general quest for improved understanding of the origin and evolution of Earth and planets, including the fundamental physics and chemistry of materials. The successful applicant’s primary field of research should overlap with one or more of these areas, but collaboration with other research areas on campus is encouraged.

The Carnegie Institution strives to enable a scientifically excellent, equitable, and inclusive community, and therefore aims for diverse groups of people to collaborate and thrive at Carnegie. Applicants may use a cover letter to describe how they have contributed to such community characteristics in previous positions, and how those contributions have been informed by their life experiences. We encourage applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply. The Carnegie Institution is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

The Earth and Planets Laboratory supports world-class laboratory facilities in analytical geochemistry and cosmochemistry, high-pressure research, materials spectroscopy and astrobiology. Carnegie scientists have access to Carnegie’s Las Campanas Observatory in Chile for astronomical observations. Carnegie Science also supports theoretical astrophysical, data analytic, geodynamic and mineral physics investigations by providing access to state-of-the-art computational facilities. Fellows may also wish to participate in interdisciplinary projects such as Carnegie Worlds (, a cross-department initiative that integrates exoplanet research with geoscience. Funding is available for travel to scientific conferences and observation sites, as well as publications. At EPL, we value a culture of mentoring and offer professional development opportunities for all post-doctoral scientists (

Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded once a year. The Fellowship is initially for one year but can be renewed for up to a total of 3 years for astronomy applicants and 2 years for other fields. The positions allow start dates between July 1 and December 31, 2022. More detailed information about the research currently being pursued, and the facilities available at EPL can be viewed at

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field at the time of the start of the fellowship. The principal selection criteria will be outstanding research accomplishments, promise of future achievement, originality and independence, and relevance to the ongoing scientific pursuits at Carnegie’s Earth and Planets Laboratory. Carnegie Fellowship applications must include: 1) a curriculum vitae, 2) list of publications; 3) a brief description of previous research (3 pages max); 4) a research proposal of no more than 4 pages including references, and 5) a cover letter.  The deadline for application materials, along with the names of three references familiar with the applicant’s work who will upload letters of support, is November 1, 2021. Reference letters are due by November 8, 2021.

Applicants for the Carnegie Fellowship can also choose to be considered for the Carnegie Origins Fellowships with a single application (see separate ad). Address any questions you have to [email protected].

It might be necessary for a successful applicant to obtain a J-1 visa in order to enter the U.S. and work at Carnegie Science. If a visa is required, we will work with you and provide a DS2019 form, which will be required by your country’s nearest American Embassy or Consulate when submitting a visa application.

Related URLs:

Carnegie EPL 
Las Campanas Observatory 
Carnegie Institution for Science


Application Link

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Study of Solar System Small Bodies

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Astrophysics Research Centre
City: Belfast
Country: UK
Contact Person: Meg Schwamb
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Application Due Date: Wednesday, October 13 2021
Web Link:

Applications are invited for a 2-year Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Astrophysics Research Centre (ARC) at Queen’s University Belfast.  The successful applicant will work with Dr. Meg Schwamb to develop and exploit next-generation tools for analysing and interpreting future Solar System moving object detections from the Vera C. Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST). Rubin Observatory science operations are planned to begin around mid-2024, with the survey expected to discover millions of asteroids and tens of thousands of distant Solar System planetesimals.  This post will focus on developing software pipelines and utilities for LSST Solar System science and applying these techniques to present-day LSST-precursor datasets, including the development of a pipeline to discover distant Solar System bodies beyond ~100 au that are not expected to be discoverable by the main Rubin Observatory Solar System Processing pipeline.

To read the full details and to apply, visit:
Application Deadline:  October 13, 2021

ARC website: